Traveling with Paralysis Made Easier Through The Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center

Celebrity spokespersons for the PRC encourage those paralyzed to get out and about

SHORT HILLS, N.J., May 23 /PRNewswire/ — As summer sets in all across the country, families everywhere are making travel plans for their summer vacations. As spokespersons for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) and its Minority Communities Outreach Campaign, actor, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Hollywood couple, Dustin Nguyen and Angela Rockwood-Nguyen, encourage those living with paralysis to do the same.

“We live in one of the most beautiful countries on earth,” said the actor Dustin Nguyen, who recently wrapped filming his upcoming feature, ‘Little Fish,’ co-starring Cate Blanchett. “It’s a shame not to try to explore more of it. With the resources available today, especially found at the Paralysis Resource Center, there are countless opportunities and ways to travel.” His wife, Angela Rockwood-Nguyen, agreed: “I’ve been paralyzed for almost four years now, but that doesn’t stop me from making the effort to travel and see as much as I did before my accident. In fact, we just visited New Jersey a couple of weeks ago, when we toured the PRC. It’s incredibly liberating to take a trip and explore new places!”

“Since my accident, my travel schedule has not slowed down but seems busier than before my injury,” said Daryl “Chill” Mitchell who plans to go fishing on his summer vacation. “And these days, with so many more services available for those traveling with paralysis, I can maintain my schedule and broaden my travel plans. Many beach towns have ramps or paths to the waterfront. There are accessible airport shuttles, para-transit services, tours, tour companies and taxi services all across the United States. You’ll find a treasure trove of helpful links on the PRC’s Web site, http://www.paralysis.org/, so you’re really just one-click away from a great vacation.”

Dana Reeve agrees. “I know first-hand the daily challenges that come with living with paralysis for both the individual as well as the caregiver,” said Reeve. “But with the services that can be found through our Paralysis Resource Center, we can all take advantage of the summer travel opportunities and vacations. It’s really important that you get out there, recharge your batteries, and re-discover all the wonderful benefits traveling has to offer.”

Angela Rockwood-Nguyen was injured in an automobile accident in September 2001, shortly before her wedding to Dustin Nguyen. Chill Mitchell was injured in a motorcycle accident, also in 2001. Both of them maintain active lifestyles and are great role models for their communities, as well as paralyzed people all over the country. They encourage and inspire others to Go Forward.

The Minority Communities Outreach Campaign is a new public awareness initiative of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a program of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, formed through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The PRC provides information services to people and their families nationwide who are living with paralysis. For more information on the PRC, please visit http://www.paralysis.org/.

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